January 14, 2010 in City, Idaho

Ex-PF church volunteer arrested on new rape charges

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Kootenai County Sheriff's Department photo

Jordan Vernon, 20, is accused of having sex with at least two girls ages 14 and 17, and having inappropriate contact with at least two others ages 12 and 14 while serving as a youth leader in training at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls from 2007 to 2009.
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A 20-year-old former Post Falls church volunteer accused of raping teen girls is back in jail on new charges.

Jordan C. Vernon was arrested Tuesday on three counts of felony rape of a minor. He’s in Kootenai County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Vernon faces five additional rape charges stemming from his first arrest on Dec. 28, said Dave Beck, a detective/sergeant with the Post Falls Police Department.

Police had said Jan. 6 that the new charges would be filed because a 16-year-old came forward after learning of Vernon’s arrest.

A 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl had already accused Vernon of inappropriate contact between 2007 and 2009, which launched a police investigation in September, Beck said.

Police think Vernon used his position as youth leader in training at Real Life Ministries to take advantage of the girls, Beck said.


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